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Once Upon a Potty -- Boy

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by Alona Frankel

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The classic books on a timeless subject -- for a new generation.

In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. Thirty-two years later, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy and Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are the classic books on potty training and have sold more than four million


The classic books on a timeless subject -- for a new generation.

In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. Thirty-two years later, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy and Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are the classic books on potty training and have sold more than four million copies worldwide. These children's books help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often vexing challenge for the whole family.

Thanks to their timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy and Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are being discovered and used by a new generation of parents. These two books, with their phenomenal staying power, target and meet the needs of an obviously perpetual market.

Editorial Reviews

Your child will be empowered by Joshua as he learns to use his new potty.
TCM Reviews - Tami Brady
My little boy is one of those kids that has to understand the why and how of things. If he doesn't see the point of something, he simply won't do it. Once Upon a Potty-Boy shows him step by step and explains things in a way he seemed to comprehend. At least now he's willing to try the potty. And that's a big step in the right direction.
Daily Local News [West Chester PA] - Tara Munkatchy
[Review for previous edition:] Addresses potty training for parents who may be looking to use just the right words.

Product Details

Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
Once upon a Potty Series
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Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

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Dear Fellow-Parents,

Once Upon a Potty is best used as a companion volume to a child's new potty. I wrote this book when my own child was toilet training to help him better understand the process. My son was encouraged and excited by this story. It motivated him to make the developmental leap from diaper to potty.

Potty talk has long been considered taboo in conversation—even between parent and child. Thankfully, this attitude is changing, and children and parents are all the happier for it. I believe that a frank and open approach to all bodily functions is a good, healthy attitude toward child rearing. I have decided to use "Wee-Wee" and "Poo-Poo" in this book, but I encourage you to read the story with your child using words most suitable for you and your family.

Learning to use the potty is often a lengthy process, taxing the patience of both parent and child. When success finally comes—and it should come in its own good time without undue pressure or haste—it enhances the child's confidence and pride. He has taken another step toward independence. He sat on the potty as a little child and got up feeling ten feet tall.

It's one small step for mankind, but a giant one for your family.


Meet the Author

Alona Frankel is the author and illustrator of 30 children's books. Her characters "Joshua" and "Prudence" from the Potty books have gone onto star in other stories and in videos and instruction books.

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Once Upon a Potty -- Boy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
NYmamaX More than 1 year ago
The storyline is just difficult to read aloud. The narrator keeps repeating "I, Joshua's mother" and to be honest, it annoys both me and my husband. I just don't feel that it flows well. The descriptions are cute, however, and anatomically correct without being offensive or too mature for my child. My son lost interest in this potty book within a week but has another one that he asks for every time we go to the potty. This is not our favorite
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and accompanying video as they were more readily available. However, they did nothing to entice my children into using the potty. Luckily, there is one videotape called 'It's Potty Time!', by the good folks at Duke University which had them enthusiastically trained immediately! Take my advice, save your money and buy 'It's Potty Time!'. It really is the best.
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MiMiL More than 1 year ago
Now, I know this is considered a classic and comes highly recommended by most people. That said, I was a little disappointed. But only a little. Probably because of all of the hype. It is really informative on a toddler level. The pictures are nice, the words are what seems to capture my 2 1/2 year-old's attention. "and sat and sat and sat and sat......." However it just isn't his favorite.
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khrysco More than 1 year ago
I bought the book and the DVD on this because my potty training program " The Potty Boot Camp" recommended it as a great way to explain the potty process to my child. At first, I was like eh, it is an okay book. However, once I began potty training it was perfect. We read the book throughout the day and watched the accompanying DVD as well. It helped to reinforce visually what I was telling my child to do. I would say that the DVD is better and really all that is necessary if your child can be on the potty and watch TV.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My grandson, nephews and a few others, loved this book. The pictures were just like the children and they all loved it. Something to pass down one day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when my son was two and it helped quite a bit in his potty training. I remember him bringing it to the bathroom with him to 'follow the pictures.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son has this book and I used its pictures to teach him how, and he learned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
22years ago I trained my son from this wonderful little book .I replaced his real name in the story, he loved his name , my picture, and his picture was in the book. I cant find any books with a black child.However I will honestly say its a very cute,effective training book,gets right to the point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the only potty book anyone will ever need! We had tried several other potty books and this one was recommended so we bought it and my sons were just amazed by it. Something clicked and his started going on the potty with a couple of weeks after we started reading it (he had just turned 4).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hoped this book would show a boy training to pee standing up, but as it turns out it is exactly the same as the girl version of the same potty training book. I would highly reccommend the book if you don't already have one for the other gender, but if you're going to potty train a boy and a girl failrly close in age, don't bother getting his and hers-one would do for either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had been dreading potty-training my 3-yr old son and kept putting it off because of all the horror stories I¿ve heard about how hard it is to potty-train boys. My daughter (now 6) was potty-trained at 2 ½ and it took her about a week. I figured my son would take months with messes after messes after messes. Well, we read Once Upon A Potty every single night for the month before I even tried the potty chair. He loves this book and it was the only story he wanted for weeks. I am sure that this was a huge help in getting him to understand what going to the big potty means. This is the 2nd week for him, and other than the first day, we haven't had a single accident. We still use pull ups for naps and bedtime, but otherwise it is priceless seeing him in his Spiderman or Bob The Builder underwear! And he is so proud of himself for being a big boy now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We first happened upon "Once Upon a Potty" when our son was around 2 1/2yrs. of age. We never pushed for potty training but first began reading the book before he turned three. There really was no "training" involved in getting him to go in the potty, this book, the text and illustrations are informative and entertaining while correctly explaining to toddlers how everything works and where the pee pee and poo poo are supposed to go. It really introduces the "potty" to children in a way that is easy for them to understand and takes the guesswork out of explaination of toilet training our toddlers. Our firstborn son wore out his book, reading and re-reading it and we are purchasing our second book for our second son and I am sure he will read it cover to cover and have it thoroughly memorized in a very short time! We LOVED this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My youngest daughter (Kelly) is 16, she had this book as a youngster. In fact she had memorized it before entering kindergarten and recited it to her teacher on the first day of school. Now I have 4 great grand nephews whom I bought them copies, potty training will never be the same in our family. Joshua and Prudence are house hold names. Would not surprise me if one of my children name their own child after these characters. This is a must read book for all toddlers but more so for there parents. The first time my husband and I read this book in the children's book store we laughed so hard they almost kicked us out of the store. We have even used this text as social entertainment at family gatherings, haven't read it during cocktail paties but I bet it would work, let me know if you have success at your next party.... reads best to adults with young children, but even grandma's seem to get a kick (shock) out of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my son was 6 and finally learned to read, my boyfriend and I decided it was time to potty-train him. We asked around for useful resources, and this was on the top of everyone's list, HANDS DOWN! Well he caught on really fast. Now my son 'Josh' (as we like to call him now) knows all about his bottom and what the holes are used for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best! I laughed aloud the first time I read this book and couldn't wait to have my friends read it. It explains the whole potty milestone in an informative and entertaining way. I love when Joshua and his mother go...'Bye Bye poo poo, Bye Bye pee pee.'